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A Bunch Of World Leaders Fell Asleep At This International Summit And The Photos Are Amazing

"How woke are you?"

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On the top of the agenda for the summit is the Israeli–Palestinian conflict — delegates at the gathering, according to reports, are expected to revive the 15-year-old Arab Peace Initiative.

Leaders from the 22-member confederation are also discussing turmoil and political challenges in Syria, Yemen, Libya, and Iraq. If that wasn't enough, the summit also pledges to address Iran's role in the region — the country's military has been accused of fueling proxy conflicts in many of the embattled countries.

That sounds like a lot of hard work — and may explain why a quarter of the leaders were sleeping during the sessions.


Online, people were not amused.

Arab leaders are always very busy, working tirelessly around the clock. #ArabSummit is a good opportunity to catch…

A few years ago we were talking about the Arab Awakening, which is traditionally followed by the Arab Siesta.


When everyone had a heavy night before the Arab League summit

Here is the 2017 #ArabSummit... It's the session on Syria, I guess. Or on Yemen.

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But it seems like taking a nap may be somewhat of an annual tradition at the summit. Last year the Middle East Observer ran a series of very similar pictures that showed Arab leaders falling asleep at their chairs.

Rose Troup Buchanan is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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